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Stillwater: Lost Creek Bridge completed on 33

Stillwater: Lost Creek Bridge completed on 33

Stillwater News Press

Jessica Jackson

July 10, 2009 11:42 am

The 7,600 people who use the bridge over Lost Creek on State Highway 33 no longer have to deal with delays because the construction has been completed.

“It was just in need of repair,” said Anthony Echelle, construction engineer for the Oklahoma Department of Transportation Division Four out of Perry. “Sort of an upgrade to the bridge.”

The bridge is located one and a half miles east of the U.S. 177 south junction on S.H. 33.

The 90-day project took an extra 17 days and was opened back to two lanes in mid-May, Resident Engineer for the Stillwater Residency Joe Echelle said.

The original bridge was built in 1969 for the total cost of $116,000, but the repairs ended up costing the Oklahoma Department of Transportation about $932,000, more than $100,000 higher than the original estimate.

“Last year, they decided this bridge was due for a deck replacement,” Joe Echelle said. “The beams that were underneath it that were placed in 1969 were in relatively good condition.”

Once the deck came off, he said, workers noticed some excessive rust on the beams, and they decided to replace them.
“We noticed there were a few more problems we needed to fix while we were there,” he said.

He said the bridge was not unsafe structurally but replacing the beams when the deck was already off would be relatively cheap and convenient.

The extra days and a few beam replacements was what cost the department extra, he said. Each beam section cost about $45,000 to replace.

The highway was cut down to one lane while the construction took place, Joe Echelle said.

The bridge was funded by State Bridge Rehabilitation Funds, which come from taxes, he said. The department has a list of bridges that are rated statewide, depending on factors like condition and the number of vehicles that use it regularly.

By 2019, 10,000 vehicles are projected to use the bridge over Lost Creek each day, Joe Echelle said.

He said the department is working on or beginning a lot of projects.

“We’re getting our first round of stimulus money for this area,” he said.

Workers this week began a full bridge construction on a bridge over Clear Creek on 92nd Street northwest of Langston and Coyle, he said. The project will take 180 days.

In Logan County, a full bridge construction on a bridge of Blue Creek just two miles south of State Highway 105 started this week as well. Like the one in Payne County, it is a 180-day project.

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